Dr Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

University position

Research Associate


Department of Radiology



Home page

https://kapeters.github.io/ (personal home page)

Research Theme

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience


I completed my PhD in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Barbara Sahakian and Professor John Pickard. My PhD research aimed to define cognitive processes affected by normal pressure hydrocephalus and the effect of shunt surgery on cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms.

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia under the supervision of Professor James Rowe and Professor Karalyn Patterson on a project to develop a novel clinical test (the Mini Linguistic State Examination [MLSE]) for classifying primary progressive aphasia. I also used the MLSE to characterise language changes caused by movement disorders (e.g. progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal syndrome) and investigated neural correlates of language impairment in dementia.

I then joined Dr Tomasz Matys' research group in the Department of Radiology for a study to investigate new MRI methods for imaging dementia.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions

Corticobasal syndrome



Language disorders

Movement disorders

Primary progressive aphasia

Progressive supranuclear palsy


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



George Savulich

United Kingdom

Peter Garrard Web: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/researc...

Trevor Harley Web: http://www.trevorharley.com

Nikil Patel

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Peterson KA, Jones PS, Patel N, Tsvetanov KA, Ingram R, Cappa SF, Lambon Ralph MA, Patterson K, Garrard P, Rowe JB (2021), “Language disorder in progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal syndrome: neural correlates and detection by the MLSE screening tool” Front Aging Neurosci 13, 438

    Peterson KA, Patterson K, Rowe JB (2021), “Language impairment in progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal syndrome” J Neurol 268: 796-809



    Matias-Guiu JA, Pytel V, Hernández-Lorenzo L, Patel N, Peterson KA, Matías-Guiu J, Garrard P, Cuetos F (2021), “Spanish version of the Mini-Linguistic State Examination for the diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia” J Alzheimers Dis 83(2): 771-778


    Peterson KA, Mole TB, Keong NCH, DeVito EE, Savulich G, Pickard JD, Sahakian BJ (2019), “Structural correlates of cognitive impairment in normal pressure hydrocephalus” Acta Neurol Scand 139(3): 305-312

    Savulich G, Thorp E, Piercy T, Peterson KA, Pickard JD, Sahakian BJ (2019), “Improvements in Attention Following Cognitive Training With the Novel “Decoder” Game on an iPad” Front Behav Neurosci 13


    Peterson KA, Housden CR, Killikelly C, DeVito EE, Keong NC, Savulich G, Czosnyka Z, Pickard JD, Sahakian BJ (2016), “Apathy, ventriculomegaly and neurocognitive improvement following shunt surgery in normal pressure hydrocephalus” Brit J Neurosurg 30(1), 38-42

    Peterson KA, Savulich G, Jackson D, Killikelly C, Pickard JD, Sahakian BJ (2016), “The effect of shunt surgery on neuropsychological performance in normal pressure hydrocephalus: a systematic review and meta-analysis” J Neurol 263(8): 1669-1677